TSPS held its annual Bonenkai to see out the old year on Thursday evening, December 4, at Churo’s D in Toranomon. The festivities began at 7 p.m. and ended shortly before 10 p.m. Some serious moments were observed in memory of former commander Shunichiro Yamamoto who passed away two years ago and also in memory of Yoshikazu Aoki, who passed away in November. A hearty toast was raised to both men.
Long-time TSPS Bridge officer Tony Whitman was presented with a Weems and Plath DHR Anchor Lamp as a token of our gratitude to him for all his fine work with TSPS for over close to 40 years. Tony will be leaving to return to the United States. We all wished him fair winds and following seas on the next leg of his journey.
The evening was nicely rounded out by the skilful playing of guitarist Carl Henning, who delighted the crowd with tunes from Brazil, Russia, Spain and even Japan.
It was a fun evening, which passed all too quickly.